Exhibitors and square meters sold also expanded. Germany, the United States and Spain confirm status as key markets; major expansion for Chinese operators; significant increase in buyers from Great Britain.
The present and future of the international stone industry passes by way of Marmomacc. The world's most important exhibition for marble and granite, processing technologies, design and training closes today, confirming the Veronafiere as the centre of global trade in the natural stone sector.
"The 51st edition," said Maurizio Danese, President of Veronafiere, "set new records, starting off with +10% of exhibitors for a total of more than 1,650 companies from 53 countries, and 67,000 specialist operators arriving from 146 countries. The show covers the entire value chain, combining products, machinery and culture in a unique event with a strong history that continues to evolve, as evidenced by the new Marmo+Mac brand summarising our identity while equally looking to the future."
Success comes in the shape of a sold out exhibition centre, with all 12 halls and outside areas occupied, for a total show area of more than 80,000 square metres (+4% over 2015). "Marmomacc," said Giovanni Mantovani, CEO & Director General of Veronafiere, "is today the b2b and promotion platform for the sector thanks to more internationalisation than ever. International visitors attending this edition of the show increased by 5%, to more than 60% of total. We achieved marvellous confirmation from markets such as the United States, Germany and Spain, not to mention the astonishing 45% increase for Chinese operators and an equally significant increase of 11% from Great Britain."
Attendance figures also include more than 300 new international top-buyers and architects selected as members of official trade delegations arriving from 32 countries, with debuts for Nigeria and Mozambique. This is thanks to Veronafiere's continuous investment in incoming activities, in collaboration with the Ministry of Economic Development, ICE-Italian Trade Agency, Confindustria Marmomacchine and, for the first time, the Veneto Region, through Veneto Promozione.
The 52nd edition is scheduled at VeronaFiere 27-30 September 2017.